About the Faculty

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law embodies a vibrant global community of world-class expertise in economics, education, finance, human geography, international studies, law, management, politics, social policy, social work and sociology, attracting talented staff and students from around the world and forging strong links with international organisations and research councils.

Professor Paddy Ireland, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Teaching

The faculty offers over 40 single and joint honours undergraduate degree courses and more than 70 postgraduate programmes with a high percentage linked to professional and research informed practice providing high quality teaching in a vibrant and inclusive learning environment.

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Research

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law (FSSL) offers excellent support for research and research-related activities, and actively cultivates an inter-school, inter-disciplinary ethos. There are numerous research groups and clusters operating at both School and Faculty levels. The excellence of Bristol’s social science research was confirmed by the recent REF. Although Bristol adopted a highly inclusionary submissions policy, entering the work of over 90 per cent of its staff for assessment, seven of our nine submissions to Main Panel C were ranked in the top ten on raw GPA by Times Higher Education and two were ranked first. When research intensity (the proportion of staff submitted) was taken into account, five of our nine submissions were ranked in the top five by Times Higher Education, two others were in the top ten, and one ranked 11th. Overall, on intensity, FSSL ranks second in the country.

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Professor Paddy Ireland, Dean
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